In the mid-1940’s, Encke Park was the site of the Radnor Township Sewage Plant. When the plant was phased out, the land was filled in and made a park site. The Township purchased the land in 1965. Formerly called Iven Field, the park was renamed to honor Ethel G. Encke in 1974. Encke was the founder of the Radnor Recreation Department and ran the department before there was a formal director. She retired in 1972 after serving the Radnor Township School District for 44 years as a physical education teacher and coach. The 10.7 acre parcel of Encke Park also comprises the Township Building and Radnor Skate Park.
Features & Amenities
Off of Iven Avenue, Encke Park is adjacent to both the Radnor Township Municipal Building and Cappelli Driving Range. Ithan Valley Creek, which runs to the south of the park, separates it from the parking area and the Radnor Skate Park. A stone pedestrian bridge crosses over the creek and leads to the parking area. Parking is available for those with special needs. Encke Park is a natural wooded area that balances well maintained grass playing fields with natural shrubs and bushes. The picnic tables and benches are a great place to stop and relax to enjoy the view of the park. The two baseball fields and a playground help to facilitate active recreation. The baseball fields feature dugouts, bleachers, and outfield fences.
Encke Park Sign Unveiling and Dedication - Wednesday, July 29, 2015Encke Park Playground Dedication - Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Radnor Skate Park
Also featured at this park is the Radnor Skatepark. It is an outdoor skateboarding, aggressive in-line skating, and BMX freestyle biking facility located in front of the Radnor Township Building next to the lower parking lot.
Created by Skatewave Modular Skatepark Systems
, Radnor Skatepark spans 120 feet by 80 feet. Park obstacles include:
- 6 foot mini ramp
- Quarter pipes
- Street elements, such as grind boxes and a grindable picnic table